Posts for February 21, 2013

Watch Jimmy Fallon Make His Writer Eat a Pickle for the First Time

One of Jimmy Fallon's Late Night writers had never tried a pickle in his life. Apparently, he didn't eat a lot of green stuff as a kid. So Fallon put him up to the test for our amusement. The man took a big bite like a champ, but then proceeded to gag and choke "a little bit." Let's hope Fallon provides good health insurance.

You never forget your first time. »

Watch This Vegetable Genius Play Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’ With Produce

Brooklyn-based artist, musician, producer, and tinkerer Jonathan Dagan, who is also known as j.viewz, enlists about $10 worth of supermarket produce to help perform a cover of Massive Attack's "Teardrop." The veggies complete a circuit relayed to a keyboard, he explains, in a situation that's probably similar to the one that allows people to use mushrooms to operate iPhones. Put your headphones on and watch j.viewz use mushrooms, kiwis, grapes, and eggplants to make music. Beautiful, vegetal music.

Except for the hoarse radish, it's all great. »

Growlers Tapping Rare and Vintage Brews From Yards

GrowlersPhoto: Collin Keefe

The good folks from Yards Brewing Company are rolling up on Bella Vista’s Growlers tonight for what’s being billed as "Major Yardage." And rolling with them will be a bunch of super rare, vintage, and barrel-aged brews that have been socked away at the brewery awaiting an opportunity like this. Beers to be featured include vintage Barleywine from 2009 and 2011, a firkin of the seldom seen Belgian Tripel Dubbel known as Trubbel de Yards, a Bourbon Love Stout, and some other surprises. The beers start pouring at 4 p.m., and will continue flowing until the draft lines run dry.

Top Chef Seattle Recap: David Rees on Unclean Sweetbreads and Kristen’s Baroque Euro-Esoterica

You know it's the finale because the lighting is dramatic.Photo: Bravo

I’m back from my cruise. No, not that cruise; this cruise. I know you guys are interested in food, so I tried to eat lots of it at every meal. After a few nights of heavy American meats and sauces, somebody told me the ship’s cooks were Indian and the smart thing to do was order Indian food off-menu. Friends, let me say: It was some of the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten! The curries were spicy, but the spices were deep down in the dish, not floating on top, if that makes sense. It was amazing. I also ate bananas for breakfast and salad bars for lunch.

"Kristen admits to peeing in her pants." »

Tickets Still Available For Tonight’s StarChef’s Gala at the Kimmel Center

StarChef's picks for Rising Star ChefsPhoto: Shannon Sturgis/

The last time StarChefs blew through Philly in 2004, their pick for "Rising Star Chef," Jose Garces, was the bright, young talent in the employ of Stephen Starr, and making a name for himself as the chef at Alma de Cuba and newly opened El Vez. When the industry publication returned last fall, they found the culinary landscape has changed tremendously. And for tonight's gala at the Kimmel Center, where the next class of Rising Stars will be inducted, Garces’ lieutenant Adam DeLosso serves as host chef. And it’s still not too late to score a ticket to the party. VIP tickets get you into the official awards ceremony, where the likes of Brauhaus Schmitz’s Jeremy Nolen, Rittenhouse Tavern’s Nicholas Elmi, Fork’s Eli Kulp, and Vernick’s Greg Vernick will be honored. General admission tickets give you access to a walk-around tasting featuring dishes and matching drinks from 18 local restaurants.

Jeremy Lin Sure Knows His Dollar Menu Exchange Rates

"Got my first ever technical last night and lost $2000 ... makes me angry when i realize thats 2000 mcchickens or 4000 jack in the box tacos." — Yes, Jeremy Lin, getting your first technical is really sad news, for lots of reasons. For a frame of reference, BuzzFeed shows you exactly what 2,000 McChicken sandwiches look like. [Buzzfeed, Jeremy Lin/Twitter]

U.S. Department of Labor Looking Into Possible Pay Violations at Chickie’s & Pete’s

Crab Fries, almost as crabby as Chickie's & Pete's employees

Looks like the dustup that has Chickie’s & Pete’s employees, past and present, growing increasingly crabby over skimmed tips and other
misdeeds, shows no signs of letting up. Amid ongoing allegations and multiple class action lawsuits related to the company imposing “Pete’s tax” on tipped employees at the end of their shifts, the U.S. Department of Labor is now looking into possible pay violations, the Inky reports. Through a spokesman, the company continues to deny any wrongdoing, and vows to “vigorously contest” these claims in court. But while no one’s admitting guilt, recent moves to issue refund checks to servers who paid Pete's tax in 2012, and signs posted this week at its locations that say Chickie’s & Pete’s will no longer pay tipped employees a flat $15 for each shift speaks volumes about the company, its questionable practices and how it might all play out in eyes of the law. [Inquirer; Earlier]

Glass Fragments Found in Special K, Kellogg’s Recalls

When you quickly throw together a Cereal Killer costume next Halloween, make sure to grab a box of Special K Red Berries. Kellogg’s is recalling the cereal after finding glass in 36,000 packages. Fortunately, there have been no consumer injuries, and since the glass made its way into a single batch, it's a small recall. The company's clearly having production issues: In October, it recalled 2.8 million boxes of Mini-Wheats after finding fragments of metal mesh. Yikes. [Reuters]

ABC’s The Chew Shooting at Federal Donuts Today

Federal Donuts has been banging the gong since yesterday morning, trying to scare up bodies to fill its Center City shop for a visit from The Chew today. Crews are set to roll cameras from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The thing that strikes us as funny is: When has Federal Donuts ever had to put out a call to action to drum up a crowd during the lunch rush? [Federal Donuts/Twitter]

More ‘Impostor’ Fish Found in America’s Restaurants and Sushi Counters

This guy has less to hide, and is least likely to steer you wrong.Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

It's still happening: A new study published by the nonprofit group Oceana found that approximately a third of fish samples retrieved from restaurants and markets were not actually the fish they were claimed to be. DNA tests of 120 samples purporting to be red snapper at sushi bars and full-service restaurants, for example, returned a staggering 28 distinct species, including 17 "that were not even in the snapper family," the Times reports. Probably the worst finding? In New York, the article says, "fish that was not really tuna was being passed off as tuna in 94 percent of the samples taken." That's a lot of fake tuna.

Grouper? I hardly know her. »

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